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Concert Tag + Music Monday: Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt (We Are Scientists)

A double whammy for today

Let’s start with my Music Monday, created by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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Since I am also doing The Concert Tag today, I felt I should do a song  by one the bands I have seen the most live. I thought about what my favourite live song was, which is not quite the same as my favourite song. Some songs just WORK live.

I chose Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt by We Are Scientists, as it is one of those songs that I like well enough on record, but live it just has so much energy. And energy is what I look for in a live performance. Energy that feeds into the crowd and back into the band. That is when you know you are seeing a good gig. It is hard to get across on camera, but when you’re in the crowd, you feel it. Some bands have it and some don’t. The ones that do are the ones I tend to go and see again (and again).  If they don’t, I would still happily buy their albums if they sound good, but I may not bother to see them live again.

We Are Scientists are one of the best live bands I have seen. In their 40s these days, these guys just know how to interact with their audience and always get a great response.

I hope it shows in this video.

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THE CONCERT TAG

1. What was the first concert you attended?

I think it may well have been New Kids on the Block (remember that boyband?) in the early 90s. 1992 maybe? I was 12 or 13 I think.

2. What was your most recent concert?

Last gig was Ash in December 2018.

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3. How many concerts have you been to? Name a few.

Lots! Too many to count. Let’s see if I remember some.

Alaskalaska, Alvvays (2x), Arcade Fire, Ash (many), Bis (4x),Blur (2x), Cast (2x), The Charlatans, Emmy The Great, Goldfrapp, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Hidden Charms, Indian Queens, The Hives, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,  Jose Gonzalez,Kasabian, Kula Shaker,  Kylie Minogue (strangely enough – favour for a friend, but it was fun!), Mogwai, Noel Gallagher’s High Highflying Birds,  Paul Weller, The Pecadiloes, Primal Scream, Pulp, Razorlight, Sigur Ros (2x), Silver Sun, Symposium, The Vines, We Are Scientists (many), YAK and many more that my brain is throwing a blank at! 

4. Which artist have you seen the most live?

Ash and We Are Scientists, because they are both awesome live bands!

5. What’s the furthest you’ve ever travelled for a concert?

I saw We Are Scientists in Portsmouth in England, but we were on holiday nearby at the time, so not sure whether it counts. Excuse the dodgy photo, but it was a fun show 🙂

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6. Best opening act you’ve seen?

Cast opened for Pulp around 1996 and blew Pulp out of the water for me. Kasabian as support for Oasis at Wembley in 2008 surprised me in a good way too. I thought I did not like them…. I stood corrected.

7. Have you met any bands/artists at concerts?

Yep, I met the guys from Ash and We Are Scientists and a couple of other bands, but usually it’s because they sell their own merch, so if you want to buy a Tshirt or an album it’s hard to avoid them!  I do love being able to tell them they were awesome though and I do like a band that is not afraid of their audience.

8.  Have you ever caught a guitar pick/drumstick or setlist?

I got We Are Scientists’ set list at the last gig, which they kindly signed for me and Tim Wheeler from Ash gave me his guitar pick after one of the gigs, which I was thrilled about as he is my favourite guitarist by a country mile.

9. Best concert you’ve been to and why?

Not sure about best concert, but the most memorable concert was what supposed to be the Ash/We Are Scientists double bill in November 2015, three days after the Bataclan attacks. We Are Scientists did not end up playing as their lead singer had been at the Bataclan with his wife and was taking her home, but the other guys joined Ash for the encore. It was such a special atmosphere and I will never forget it.

10. What is your favourite venue?

I really liked the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth. In Holland I am a huge fan of EKKO, which is a venue in Utrecht, and the V11, which is on a boat in Rotterdam. Both are small venues. I am not a big fan of big concerts.

11. Any concerts coming up?

Yes, but only a couple.  I have got tickets to see Vampire Weekend in November (though in a venue I do not like) and I am seeing a new band called Cassia in a small local venue in September.

12. Are there any bands or artists you would still like to see that you haven’t yet?

A few. I haven’t seen Arctic Monkeys yet for some reason. I am rectifying not having seen Vampire Weekend in November. Apart from those I can’t think of any ‘big’ bands I am desperate to see. Otherwise, The Big Moon are high up on my list, as are Asylums and Circa Waves. I am sure I will think of more once I have posted this!

FEEL FREE TO DO THIS TAG IF YOU LIKE AND POP THE LINK TO YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS!

 

 

FIVE on FRIDAY · Music

FIVE on FRIDAY: albums I have been listening to lately…

Right, thought I would start up FIVE on FRIDAY. Sometimes it may be music-related, sometimes book related, sometimes something completely different. Join in if you like!  And if you have suggestions for topics, let me know!

Today’s topic: Albums I have been listening to lately
15 June: Books I have been meaning to read
22 June: Places I would love to visit
29 June: Youtubers I always watch

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So, these are the albums I have had on rotation the most in the past few weeks.

Ash - Islands1. Islands (Ash) (May 2018)

Ash’s new album and I love it, but it’s so clearly a break-up album that it makes me feel heartbroken without having had my heart broken. Is that a good thing?  However, I adore the instrumentation on this thing. The guitars! His voice may not be the greatest and the lyrics are patchy, but Wheeler is not my favourite guitarist for nothing. And the drums on Incoming Waves! Superb. Other favourites are Confessions in the Pool and Did Your Love Burn Out?

We Are Scientists - Megaplex

 

2. Megaplex (We Are Scientists) (April 2018)

Funnily enough, this album was partly recorded at Ash’s studio (Atomic Heart in NYC). I reviewed this album last month and the more I listen to it, the more I love it. We Are Scientists records are always fun and their sixth album is no exception. They always make me feel good.

My favourite songs on this are Heart Is A Weapon and No Wait For Five Leavesthough I can have this record on all day long on loop and I do not get bored of any of the songs.

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino3. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (Arctic Monkeys) (May 2018)

I have liked Arctic Monkeys since I first heard I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor. I have always loved Alex Turner’s voice. He could sing the phone book and I would enjoy it. And that is how I feel about this album. I like it. It’s a good album to have on while doing stuff, but is it an exciting album? No, I don’t think so.  However, I have been listening to it quite a bit, so it should be on this list. The amusing thing is (for me anyway) that the single Four Out of Five always ends up with having Satellite of Love by Lou Reed stuck in my head. It’s the lyric ‘Take it easy for a little while’. It’s delivered in a similar vein to Lou Reed’s song. It drives me nuts!

Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days

4. Halcyon Days (Ellie Goulding) (2013)

This is just one of those album I like to play in the summer. I love Ellie Goulding, especially her earlier stuff and this album always hits the spot. It’s poppy and dancy, but the songs on it are so well crafted. Songs like Burn, Figure 8 and Explosions just cheer me up on a dreary day and make me feel amazing on a sunny day. I adore this album.

We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery

 

 

5. Brain Thrust Mastery (We Are Scientists) (2008)

For some reason I have been listening to this for the past few days in the car. I just felt like listening to it and I am enjoying it so much I just haven’t changed it again. I like all of WAS’ albums and this is probably the one I listen to the least, but this week I have been absolutely loving it. It does have a couple of my favourite WAS tunes on it, like After Hours and Dinosaurs. After Hours is a party every time the band play it live and the recorded version never quite does it justice, but it still makes me incredibly happy.

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So, let me know what you have been listening to lately! Drop a link in the comments below 🙂